BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- It’s been a tough few years for many Catholics schools in Western New York.
Immaculata Academy is the latest school to announce it will soon close its doors forever.
“The population isn’t what it was a decade ago, two or three decades ago,” said Keenan.
“Families are smaller. Back in the 60s and the 70s you had families that had as many as 10-12 children, and they went to Catholic schools. And those children now, don’t have the big families.”
Although specific placement will depend on geography and other factors, Keenan told News 4 Bishop Malone instructed all area Catholic schools to welcome Immaculata students. The schools include:
- Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart
- Mount Mercy Academy
- Mount. St. Mary Academy
- Nardin Academy
- Canisius High School
- Cardinal O’Hara High School
- St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute
- St. Mary’s High School
“This is a very raw time. But the young women are resilient and they will find new places to continue the Catholic education in high school, and they’ll succeed,” Keenan said.